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  1. Cyclone

    Why has religion retained its appeal?

    Perhaps you need to study a few more religions, all the Abrahamic religions believe in the same god and 2 of them believe in Jesus in some form (the 3rd one rejects him as a false messiah). It's fairly central to nearly all religions that they believe in a creator god or gods, often living in the sky or somewhere ineffable that men can't reach. My reference to zombie jesus was a bit of lighthearted fun at the delusional belief in resurrection using a modern trope of resurrection, or at least undeath. If you can't laugh about it then it probably says more about you than me. Frankly I find it hard to take religion seriously, except of course when the religious are blowing people up, or blocading abortion clinics, denying self control to women of their bodies, or killing other people for believing something slightly different to them. I think that an expression of polite disbelief and some gentle mockery is probably the best way to discuss religion, if you don't, well, nobody is making you discuss it.
  2. The gang have been charged, will be convicted and will spend a very long time inside. Do you particularly need to see people post to say that this is a good thing? Or that it should never be allowed to happen or is horrific?
  3. Cyclone

    Gender Fluid, Opinions?

    Define for yourself what a man feels like, and then decide whether that fits how you feel. It doesn't seem particularly difficult or confusing to me. You're still playing the poor white man card are you. You sound ridiculous.
  4. Cyclone

    Why has religion retained its appeal?

    I think you've got the wrong thread then. This thread is about why religion has retained its appeal. And I'm fairly sure that I said something about unless it impinges on me or I have to discuss it... Almost those exact words. Perhaps you don't want to discuss it? In which case, cease posting about it. Perhaps you can ask him. I see no reason to answer your leading questions though. On an interesting point though, I wear a balaclava when it's cold. Covering your face is not illegal.
  5. Cyclone

    Is austerity working- and will it ever end?

    It's not arbitrary, but it isn't relevant to what Anna said. Rich generally refers to assets not income, although there's probably a correlation.
  6. Cyclone

    Gender Fluid, Opinions?

    So you're going to be rude to someone and use the pronoun "he" because you think it's ridiculous that they don't always feel like a man?
  7. Cyclone

    Why has religion retained its appeal?

    If you say that you believe in Santa then you're delusional, but a sky pixie who created the world and his son who came back as a zombie, you don't want those to be called delusions? Is this 20 questions? Why should I even consider answering what is obviously a leading question? That seems fair. People have the right to believe whatever they like, so long as it harms no one else. But I don't think any belief comes with an automatic requirement for respect from anyone else. I didn't ask for respect... You're getting confused. If people want to discuss their beliefs then they have to be prepared to defend them right, that would include against people who think that they sound delusional and that the hope of a second chance in an "after" life is a false hope. How can you discuss the concept of an afterlife if you disagree with it, without calling it a false hope?
  8. Cyclone

    Is austerity working- and will it ever end?

    It includes the rich of course. So does the top 100% of earners, a meaningless claim. The top 5th of earners includes the rich, however the top 5th of earners are not by any means all rich or the rich.
  9. Cyclone

    Gender Fluid, Opinions?

    Referring to things that seem delusional as delusions... Not rude.
  10. Cyclone

    Is austerity working- and will it ever end?

    If you were not directly contradicting her with these statements, then it must have been a strawman? This is interesting though I suspect however that you and Anna are using different definitions for the rich. You are talking about the top 5th of earners, Anna is talking about the rich, very different groups IMO.
  11. Cyclone

    Is austerity working- and will it ever end?

    Ah, I guess this might have been your source; https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwealth/bulletins/householddisposableincomeandinequality/financialyearending2016
  12. Cyclone

    Is austerity working- and will it ever end?

    Is there a source for this, it's proving fairly difficult to check. https://www.statista.com/statistics/813338/average-disposable-income-per-household-uk/ That gives a snapshot now (or recently) of disposable income by decile. But we need multiple years of data to see if it's increased or decreased. I don't think I was putting words in your mouth. You specifically told Anna that she was wrong. Now you appear to be agreeing that it's hit the poorest the hardest.
  13. Cyclone

    Is austerity working- and will it ever end?

    https://data.oecd.org/inequality/income-inequality.htm Decreased SINCE 2010? Doesn't look like it. It decreased between 2009 - 2010, and has never been lower than the 2010 figure. It's also still significantly higher than most of our comparable peers.
  14. Cyclone

    Is austerity working- and will it ever end?

    I mean, it looks like you're saying that maybe it WAS because of austerity and that we can't say that austerity works against equality. And that the government should be applauded for a moderate increase in equality, which could have been a much greater increase, if not for government policies which directly cause inequality. And you're directly arguing against Anna B's point that austerity hit the poorest the hardest; https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/14/austerity-poor-disability-george-osborne-tories It kind of makes you wonder about those equality figures actually doesn't it.
  15. Cyclone

    Is austerity working- and will it ever end?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/07/imf-austerity-doesnt-work-immigrants-working-class https://www.businessinsider.com/austerity-has-damaged-europe-vs-us-gdp-growth-2018-11?r=US&IR=T https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article/27/suppl_4/18/4430523 https://www.tuc.org.uk/blogs/new-evidence-imf-suggests-austerity-holding-back-wages Right. Any evidence that austerity actually works. And no, a moderate increase in equality is not evidence unless you can show that austerity caused it rather than hindering it.
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